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February 17, 2020


Time: 1.5-2.5 HOURS

Distance: 2.5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 900 FEET

Foot Traffic: MODERATE

Challenges: Muddy, Some uneven footing

Sights: "The Needle", Iao Valley

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snack

A place of both natural beauty and historical significance, Iao Valley State Park is a popular destination for many who visit the island of Maui. While there is a lot to see in the grounds of the park, a little extra effort will g...

January 19, 2020


Time: 3-4 HOURS

Distance: 7 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1400 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Slippery Scramble Near Falls, Requires Permit

Sights: Laie Falls, Northeastern coastline

What to Bring: Water (>1L), Snack, Swimsuit and Towel

Located in the northern part of windward Oahu, this trail offers a beautiful ridge and a pleasant waterfall all wrapped in a moderate hike. The first portion starts out on a dirt road...

December 22, 2019


Time: 2-4 HOURS

Distance: ~4 MILES

Elevation Gain: 700 Feet

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Very Slippery, Muddy, Finding path into valley, River Crossings,

Sights: Kalauao Falls, Waianae Range

What to Bring: Shoes to get muddy, Water, Snack

Only visible after a heavy rain, this waterfall can be reached with a muddy and slippery hike that stems from the popular Aiea Loop Trail. It is not an easy journey, as you will be required to...

December 31, 2018


Time: 1.5-3 HOURS

Distance: 1 MILE

Elevation Gain: 700 FEET

Challenges: Muddy, Slippery Rocks, Waterfall Climb, Stream Crossings

Sights: Makaua Falls

What to Bring: Shoes to get muddy, Towel

Visible only after heavy rains, Makaua Falls is a tall waterfall located on the eastern shore of Oahu, near the town Kaaawa. It's a short trek into the valley, but it has plenty of fun and challenging obstacles. You will hop rocks, slip thro...

August 27, 2018


Time: 2-3 HOURS

Distance: 3 MILES

Elevation Gain: 200 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Getting Lost, Stream Crossing, Uneven Footing

Sights: Waterfalls!!

What to Bring: Shoes to get muddy, Towel, Rain Jacket, Water

A secluded hike off the Pali Highway, the waterfalls of Mo'ole Valley are only visible after heavy rains. It's a sloppy and muddy mess trekking through the forest to reach these natural wonders, but i...

July 30, 2018


Time: 7-9 HOURS

Distance: 12 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1700 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Endurance Challenge, Muddy and Slippery, Overgrown

Sights: Pearl Harbor, Waianae Range, Windward Side (weather permitting)

What to Bring: Water (>2), Lunch, Sunscreen, Pants, Microspikes (nice to have)

This lengthy ridge hike located near Pearl City takes you deep into the Ko'olau Mountain Range, all the way to the Ko'olau Summit T...

July 15, 2018


Time: 3-5 HOURS

Distance: 5 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1000 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: MUDDY, Stream Crossing

Sights: Honolulu, Nuuanu Lookout, Bamboo Forest, Jackass Ginger Pool

What to Bring: Water, Snack, Shoes to get muddy, Swimsuit and Towel

This slippery hike takes you through the Mauka Trail System, a series of interconnected trails located in the ridges and valleys near Honolulu. You begin along the Judd Trai...

March 11, 2018


Time: 4-6 HOURS

Distance: 10 MILES

Elevation Gain: 1800 FEET

Foot Traffic: LOW

Challenges: Muddy, Exposed, Long Distance, Slightly Overgrown, Some Narrow and Eroded Portions

Sights: H3 Highway, Waianae Range, Honolulu, Windward Side, KST

What to Bring: Water (>2L), Snack/Lunch, Sunscreen, Shoes with Good Grip, Long Pants

Despite its distance, this is one of the more manageable Ko'olau finger ridges if you catch it on a d...

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